Before & Afters Makeup

Makeover Monday Teen

I love doing makeup on ladies of all ages, even the little girls in my life come over regularly for a dot of blush on their cheeks and (if they’re lucky) a little bit of illuminator to sparkle up their eye lids.
I remember when my mom first said I was allowed to wear mascara and lip gloss to school. It was 6th grade and I was THRILLED. I got dolled up for the first day, feeling all kinds of grown up. By day number two I skipped the mascara cause it was such a pain to take off at night and by the end of the first week…I was back to bare faced.
Looking glam was fun but sleeping in was funner:)
I hope my daughter (if I do get lucky enough to have one of those someday) looks at makeup the same way I always have. As an extra. The icing on the cake. A way to express herself and show off her pretty features a bit more.
I don’t want her to be afraid of it or intimidated by it, but I also don’t want her to rely on it or think her beauty is contingent on it.

Which is why I’m always excited to get a chance to work with teenagers. I hope to inspire them to see it the way I do and teach them how to get the most out of a few products in a few minutes…and then get back to homework and texting:)

So quick easy and natural looks are key.
Here’s the low key look I did on an extremely beautiful teen named Bella who I recently had the chance to makeupify.

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Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

What I used:
IIID Foundation in White Peach (highlight), Walnut (contour), Pink Grapefruit (blush) & Pearl (illuminator)
MAC Brun & an angled brush to fill in the brows
Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer on her cheeks and on her eye lids
Sebastian Lip Liner (what are the laws on marrying lip liner? Cause it’s getting SERIOUS between the two of us)
MAC Underage gloss
Dark brown shadow at her lashline top and bottom (can’t remember which one! Ooops but I know it was just a chocolate colored shadow)
Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Hope your day is a good one!

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67 Comments

  • Reply
    sparklygoddess
    February 24, 2015 at 2:19 am

    this looks amazing. I love how make up can transform anyone. Great job!

    sparklygoddess.blogspot.com

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      Cara
      February 24, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thank you!!

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    Živilė Petrauskaitė
    February 24, 2015 at 3:21 am

    As always, this makeup is amazing, but I have to say I Iike her natural lip color better, I think for teens a little pop of color on the lips looks more youthful than nude lips:) But I love how you did the brows, looks so natural and effortless, yet in place 🙂

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      Cara
      February 24, 2015 at 11:19 am

      I LOVE her lips with color but I wanted to mix things up since she usually wears a more bold lip:)

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    zarrahjaneamagan
    February 24, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Amazzing makeup.
    I love how you transform her 🙂
    XO
    http://thebandwagonchic.blogspot.ae/

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    Nadya
    February 24, 2015 at 5:21 am

    She is gorgeous! You did an excellent job! I love her brows. Could you please share the number of the lip gloss you used?

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      Cara
      February 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

      It’s called Underage, I don’t know the number though! but the link will take you to the name:)

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        Nadya
        February 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        Oh, thank you, I see it now!

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    Jessica @ wearitforless
    February 24, 2015 at 6:17 am

    She looks beautiful (and age appropriate)! The pictures from the photo shoot are gorgeous!

    -Jessica
    http://www.wearitforless.com

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    Naya
    February 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Beautiful! When should the walnut contour that you used here be back in stock?

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      Cara
      February 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

      I can’t promise because of the weather (and Murphey’s law has been hard on me lately! haha) but the are supposed to be here by the end of the week!

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    Cara R.
    February 24, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Beautiful! And I have to say I received my new IIID custom palette and had bought one of the original ones when those first came out. The new creamy texture is SOOOO much better. All around 10000% improved and wonderful!!! Thank you!

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    Cait
    February 24, 2015 at 6:59 am

    She looks beautiful. I always like seeing you do makeup up on teen girls since I will be having to teach my own girl in about 10 years.

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    jengentry
    February 24, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Gorgeous! Why can’t I ever achieve that flawless, dewy skin look? I have to be doing something wrong. 🙁

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      Sondra
      February 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Google the Korean 10 step beauty routine. My face was combo everything.. oily, dry/flaky, acne/blackheads. 2 months of doing it an my skin looks soooo much better (and dewy) 🙂

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    Cee
    February 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I need you in my life! like next door or something

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    Mary
    February 24, 2015 at 7:23 am

    WOW… What a BEAUTY!!!!

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    katie
    February 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Cara do you have a recommendation for a good brush, or type of brush to use for the new IIID foundation thats easy on the budget? Im using the elf stippling brush now and it almost seems like it blends it into my skin and/or right off where it disappears (and not in a good way, where I feel like Im back to bare faced), maybe Im using to heavy of a hand or something? Just wanted to try a different type of brush to see if it made a difference.

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      Taylor Gabbitas
      February 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

      RealTechniques makes some great budget friendly brushes. They usually run about 7 or 8 dollars for an individual brush or you can buy their face brunch set for 18. Both great deals and they’re a really good quality!

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        katie
        February 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

        Thank you Taylor, I do love real techniques brushes. I have used the stippling one in the past. I guess Im looking to switch from stippling to something else that would blend the foundation well without blending it off or something. Hard to explain, but any suggestions on style or type of brush to look for would be helpful. Thanks again

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          Taylor Gabbitas
          February 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

          http://www.amazon.com/Real-Techniques-Expert-Face-Brush/dp/B007O7AZBG/ref=sr_1_3?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1424793124&sr=1-3&keywords=real+techniques+brushes
          This is the one I’ve been using since I got my IIID foundation and its worked really well. The domed tip blends out a little easier than a stippling brush. Its a similar concept to Cara’s brush, just smaller and probably a little more dense.
          They also sell this set, which is not RealTechniques and obviously not the best quality, but it comes with several different shapes of brushes you could try out and see what works best for you. I actually bought a set of just the longer handle brushes and they’re pretty soft. I’ve used them for the nose HAC and other detailing like that-http://www.amazon.com/Synthetic-Cosmetics-Foundation-Blending-Eyeliner/dp/B00I3VHKVK/ref=sr_1_1?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1424793488&sr=1-1&keywords=makeup+brushes

          • katie
            February 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

            This real techniques brush is one that Im considering giving a try. I just spent about an hour watching videos of makeup applications on the real techniques website…so addicting. This brush is in my top 2. Either it or the sculpting brush, which looks like similar softness, and density, but with an angle.

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    Gaijinjoy
    February 24, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I received my IIID order recently (except for the blush) & am really happy w/the texture, the colors, & the effect. Do you know when the blush will be available?

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      Cara
      February 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

      All the blushes are out and on their way! They weather has been slowing things down a bit, though:)

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    Velvet Scoter
    February 24, 2015 at 8:32 am

    While I think she is very pretty with and without makeup and you chose a very natural look, the makeup makes her look much too old in my opinion. She also has naturally very beautifully coloured lips which look great on their on.

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    Sarah
    February 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful. Nothing is heavy handed-just polished and natural. Lovely.

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    Lucinda
    February 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

    What a beautiful young woman. Great job of bringing out her best features. I’d love to see a video tutorial on a mature (over 50) face.

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    LAURENCE KING
    February 24, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Gorgeous! Ditto on the video tutorial on a mature face. Thanks Cara for all that you bring us XO

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    Corinn
    February 24, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Does anyone have tips for using the IIID foundation for really dry skin? I’m using retin A right now so even when my skin isn’t dry it is flakey – if that even makes sense. I tried applying it alone with a beauty blender and with a brush. I also tried mixing it with my moisturizer – I got the best results that way but my dry skin was just coming through. I do exfoliate before but I feel like I’d have to exfoliate like crazy every time and that makes my skin break out! So I just don’t know what to do. I don’t think it’s the product, I think it’s just my skin!

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      Kaitlyn
      February 24, 2015 at 10:14 am

      How long have you been using the retin A? I found that after a little bit of consistent use (a few weeks) my skin stopped flaking so much when I was using it.

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        Corinn
        February 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        I’m coming upon a year – my skin is definitely less flakey than it use to be but I had really dry skin before that so I’m sure that didn’t help!

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          ginny
          February 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

          After that long, I think you should consider cutting back your use of the retin a.gi

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    Jess
    February 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I really love this look!

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    Jess
    February 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

    She is GORGEOUS with no makeup! Great makeup look on her too though! You’re magical, Cara.

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    Stacy Weinstein
    February 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

    How do I get the chance for me & my daughter to meet you?? I wish so badly you could teach us both the laws of applying makeup! I love you natural looks!!! I love your fashion sense!!! It would b the greatest honor for you to do our makeup!!!!! I love your blog, I follow u so close & purchase so much stuff you recommend!!! I do hope someday you have the honor of having a beautiful baby girl such as yourself to share all the fun girlie things with!!!! Love, Stacy Weinstein NYC

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    Jenni
    February 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    She looks beautiful, but to be honest I can hardly recognize her in the “after” photo. She is very beautiful with no makeup at all, and to say you don’t want her to feel like she has to rely on makeup, and then to make her look like a completely different, and much older, version of herself is a little unsettling.

    Again, it looks great, but I’m more weirded out than excited about it.

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      Diana
      February 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

      I agree with this comment. The make up is done beautifully, but the highlight/contour makes her look like she’s in her mid-20s! All a teen really needs is a little concealer and maybe some blusher, I think this is a little excessive for someone that age. I’d love to wear this look, but I’m 26.

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        Sidney
        February 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        I agree completely. She looks 10 years older and that jars with how she looks before.

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      Cara
      February 24, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      I hear ya! I did use a minimal amount of makeup but when you have a blonde on your hands anything to darken up the lashes and brows does make quite the difference! I was careful not to do as much HAC as I would on an adult but I did give her more color with the bronzer, as I wanted a more sunkissed look:) Thanks for your feedback!

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        Jen
        February 25, 2015 at 8:39 am

        For me it is the skin. Usually your makeup makes people glow, but she looks washed out. Her skin was really beautiful before. I think it would have been nice to emphasize her porcelain skin instead of bronzer. She really doesn’t need the contouring and agree with some other posters that a darker lip might have been more youthful.

        I do love your comments about teens and makeup. Spot on. 🙂 The action shot pictures do make the makeup look better, so maybe it was a weird lighting thing? Anyway, she is a gorgeous girl with and without makeup. Truly stunning.

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        Jenni
        February 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        Thank you for replying and being so gracious! It says a lot about you (all good) that you took my comments and were kind in your response. I appreciate it!

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      JenniferN
      February 25, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      I agree! She looks so much older in the after picture, not like a teen at all!

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    Julia
    February 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Cara!

    When can we expect to be able to order the Walnut Contour?

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    Bethany h
    February 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I like seeing the before pictures to try to compare my skin with. I am planning on ordering a kit and I think the no makeup photos help me try to decide colors better than models with makeup on. I still Ann not sure which foundation/contour colors to order but in general I find it helpful!

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      Tabitha
      February 27, 2015 at 1:49 am

      I’m in the same boat! I can’t figure out which colors I need…but I think the before pictures are way more helpful than the made-up pics!

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    Sami
    February 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I love your thoughts about makeup and not wanting girls to think they NEED it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using makeup to add to your beauty. It’s when it becomes a “have to” that it means something that it shouldn’t. I have a girl that will be allowed to wear makeup next year (6th grade) and I’m hoping she ends up like you did because she is so beautiful without it.

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    Lauren
    February 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, one of my favorite looks you’ve done. She has amazing eyebrows and lips. And your foundation looks great!

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    Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
    February 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    She is so stunning, and I LOVE what you said about makeup! I hope my daughter(s) feel the same way as well!!!!

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    Robyn
    February 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    How does someone even enter in to have u do these makeovers? I am so interested in having one done!! You are amazing at makeup, hair & style.

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    Marsi
    February 24, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I think it’s amazing!! Your amazing Cara!! And for all those that are wondering about a brush hands down 100% I’d buy Cara’s brush ! It works so well with the IIID !!

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    Courtney
    February 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Gorgeous!! I especially love the lip color–thank you for sharing the brand of liner and gloss you used but would you mind sharing what shade you used of each, as well? Thanks! You are so talented, Cara! My dream is for you to makeover me someday! 🙂

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      Emma
      February 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      She listed the lip liner as the OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Liner in the shade “Sebastian”. The gloss is MAC Lip Glass in the shade “Underage”.

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    Kiss & Make-up
    February 25, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Oh she looks stunning! Gorgeous look.

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    otherwildthingsa
    February 25, 2015 at 4:18 am

    This is really amazing! I wish you could do my makeup 🙂
    xx Maria

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    Stormi Fisher
    February 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Did you use any type of concealer on her? Her skin tone is perfect.

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      Lauren
      February 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      I second this question! Did you use any concealer? If so, please share (:

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    Mocha And Moccasins
    February 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    She is stunning with no makeup, but with the makeup applied, you can really see her natural features come out. Very well done!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

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    Sarah @ Shanspirations
    February 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    You’re absolutely gorgeous! 3rd photo looks a bit like Britney Spears.

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    Heather
    February 25, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    long time fan and i love the makeup look, but the after makes her look far too mature, like shes in her mid/late 20’s!

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    Rebecca C
    February 26, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    She still looks like a teen to me. Very beautiful! I have a 5th grader who loves lip gloss and eye shadow. When we do get into more makeup I think this look will be appropriate. ( I don’t think she will go for a nude lip though:) She looooves a pop of color!) I love your attitude toward makeup, Cara. Its exactly what I want for my girls! (Also, I don’t think Bella looks older. I think she looks confident and ready to face teenage challenges head on! As long as she has beauty within, that confidence will serve her well:)

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    KDB
    February 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    She looks gorgeous! When I was a teen, I always wore waaaaaayyyy too much makeup because I didn’t know what I was doing.

    I wish I had a you in my life back then.

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      Tina
      March 23, 2015 at 8:07 am

      I know right KDB!! I was just thinking the same thing. If only she was in my life then…my makeup would of been so much better…

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    Heather
    February 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Great job! I need to show this to my teen twins. They don’t wear makeup and most people mistake them for 12 year olds when they are actually 18 and headed off to college. I can show them how a little “icing on the cake” can make them look age appropriate. They are really starting to hate being mistaken for children so much younger than they are (something they will love when they are older women!) Good job!

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    Marta // The Glow Lab
    February 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

    This look is flawless and still so natural! I wish you could have mad emy makeup when I was a teen. xx

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    Kelly
    March 1, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, absolutely stunning!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    Christy
    March 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I love the makeup–she looks beautiful, before and after. Of my two daughters one likes makeup and the other just doesn’t. I help her with her makeup on special occasions and she uses minimal on her own when she feels like it. The other has worn makeup since she was 5th grade. My rule was 6th grade but I was fighting a lot of battles with her and as long as she didn’t wear blue or purple eye shadow, I chose not to fight about it. She wore more makeup when she was in 6th grade. And it as too much. But she had to find that out. I introduced her to your blog the second part of her 6th grade year (it helped bring us closer together, we did make overs on each other using your tutorials!) and no, half way through her 7th grade year, she has toned it down remarkably, wears mascara, a little eyeliner, concealer and sometimes a light powder foundation and some days she doesn’t wear even that. She is beautiful without makeup but wears it for her own reasons. Reading your blog and looking at your makeovers has been a learning process for both of us and a bonding time. I can’t thank you enough for showing me a natural look that is easy enough for even me to wear and show her that less is more. When this photo came on IG, we texted each other and said, “did you see the teen makeover on Maskcara yet?” Thanks Cara–for helping bridge a gap.

    xoxo

    Christy
    (secretly wanting to meet you one day for a makeover)

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